Today special circumstances allowed me to take the train to work instead of drive. 2+ hours of stressful commute was transformed to 1.5 hours of mixed productivity and napping. Sadly, this is what now passes for bliss in my life. Not for long however - my team had some huge fires waiting for me by the time I got to the office.

Local women crochet sweaters to shield rescued elephants from cold, Elephant Conservation Care Center, India, 2017 #womensart

org-mode is why more people I know switch to emacs (or spacemacs if vim users) these days than anything else

Linux but it's powered by the conversion of Earth's weak magnetic field into electricity, fed into a series of capacators drip-charging a battery, and only boots once a year at a remote location, allowing for the momentary accessing of poetry and prose left by those willing to make the pilgrimage.

Initial impression of iPad pro and pencil for nothing: looks hopeful. I like it.

there is a brouhaha bout blackhole. let me tell you how it is. It SUCKS.

Oh my goodness I've just learned a thing about The Matrix that causes it to make a lot more sense: In the original script the humans were used as neural network compute clusters by the Machines and as a crucial component of The Matrix itself.

Which is why humans who were aware of the simulation could control aspects of The Matrix - their minds were part of its foundation.

Unfortunately the test audiences had trouble understanding this concept so the studio changed the human role to "batteries".

DRM and streaming means you don't own what you pay for, and the content is at the whim of the provider, and you can't rely on it always being there even if it's a large stable corporation.

"Microsoft announces it will shut down ebook program and confiscate its customers' libraries"

My spouse in not excited about earthships because we would be unlikely to be permitted where we live. So looking into strawbale, which looks more traditional, has a national building coffee, and can be used to build a home with many advantages of earthships. Not the same, but would not be a horrible compromise. Look at the LILAC community in Leeds in the UK.

xah talk show in about 2.5 hours. San Francisco time 4pm. Let's talk about keyboards, keybinding, stuff. And then wander into other topics. Goto youtube, search xahlee, subscribe+alert.

For software developer readers, any feedback on Hashicorp's Vault? We are slowly migrating from AWS to Kubernetes, and I want good secrets management end to end. It is Hashicorp's, so I already have a level of trust.

Here's an interesting thread where Alan Kay explains what he thinks he meant by object oriented:

But here's an interesting thread which comments that what we think we know we meant with our intentions might actually be covered by the clarity of our retrospection:

I agree with that, and am probably guilty of it myself with AP.

Also, interesting E-design-reflections in that thread by Corbin Simpson:

Dinner with friends last night was all global, 10 year out, big picture stuff for discussion. UBI was a part of it. Very stimulating. We are all planning for a different society in the USA.

Thought: if the USA paid for (universal basic income) by taxing the profits of companies automating the jobs away, would Silicon Valley elites still support it? In current proposals, they would make profits, and taxpayers would have to pay to take away the pain they brought to society.

Have you heard of the band "1023 Megabytes"?

They're pretty good but they don't have a gig yet.

Now that Linus Torvalds is supposed to be nice he should rename git blame to git thank

People need to do the math, then build . I am surprised no one calculated the length and angle for their earth tubes, or ratio of window size and glaze to internal area, or various alternative thermal mass solutions. I get the feeling they built and hoped. These things are incredible, but it seems to me that you should really crunch the numbers first. None of this seems to be on the internet. Guess what my new hobby is? Forget castles in the sky -- I am building s!

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